26 Sep 2020

Durst launches the Rho 750 series of modular inkjets at FESPA

Durst Rho 750

The high level of modularity of the new Durst Rho 750 printers makes them the most flexible UV flatbeds in the market and ensures the best and most affordable solution to a customer’s needs.

They are the first machines to have three main levels of upgradability relating to productivity – Basic, Presto and HS. The high speed version (HS) is capable of an output speed of up to 180 m² per hour. The increases in output from one level to the next are achieved by increasing the number of printheads, thus maintaining the exceptional image quality. `

The Rho 750 has the latest development of Durst’s own Quadro Array 30D printheads with silicon nozzle plate and MEMS technology, which ensure highest image quality even for solid colours. It also has 6 colour, 600 DPI image quality and will print roll media and additional colours without loss of speed.

As part of the modular approach to the machine’s design, it has the widest range of different options, including those for inks, media and productivity.

The 100% VOC free Rho UV Inks are suitable for the widest range of board and roll media (e.g. perfect adhesion on acrylics and polycarbonate / ISO 2409 Cross Hatch Test = 0). Ink options include high density white and special effect varnish, as well as Process Colour Addition (PCA). Two process colour options, either orange and green or orange and violet, provide perfect rendition of even difficult corporate colours. For example, more than double the amount of Pantone colours in the red and blue gamut area can be matched with a Delta E < 5.

Additional process colours extend the colour gamut as shown above

Capable of printing on an exceptional range of different media, the Rho 750 prints 2 m wide by any length of material and will print roll media, including heavy roll option without any speed loss. Special features allow for printing heavy (up to 70 kg on the belt) and/ or thick boards (up to 7cm). There is also a corrugated print option which includes fully automated loading and unloading of media.

The continuous printing process maximises productivity (no pauses for masking found in a table system) and there are three levels of speed upgrade. Furthermore, mechanical front stops enable parallel printing of boards side by side.

Designed for high quality, industrial performance and able to be tailored to specific business requirements, including being able to be upgraded in the field, the Rho 750 will provide a business with a competitiveness that will be maintained as the business grows.

StylePrint Purchases Second :M-Press Tiger from Agfa Only Five Months After Installing Its First

Agfa Mpress

Agfa announced that StylePrint, one of Australia's leading screen printing companies has purchased its second :M-Press Tiger. This comes only five months after the Melbourne-based company installed its first.

"Since the acquisition of the first :M-Press Tiger our customers like the quality so much that the demand for the high-quality prints has gone up to the point where we clearly see the need for a second engine," said Andrew Woodhouse, who heads production at StylePrint. "Our customers do not just ask us for print, they specify 'Tiger Prints.' A Tiger Print is becoming a new definition in Australia."

"StylePrint is a true digital pioneer in screen printing. Their success is so pleasing to us because it is additional confirmation that :M-Press delivers the results for which it was designed," said Tom Cloots, Agfa's business unit manager for :M-Press.

Developed jointly with Thieme, Agfa's :M-Press Tiger combines the printing expertise of both companies: screen printing from Thieme and digital inkjet printing from Agfa. The :M-Press Tiger can print up to 700 square metres per hour including loading and unloading, with no make ready, films or screens. It can handle substrates up to 10 mm thick. It features a colour gamut better than ISOcoated V2, the offset gamut. It also enables variable data printing.

"The ability to offer our clients photo quality as well as variable data is what our business is all about-opening up new opportunities for our customers," added Woodhouse.

Employing 60 people, StylePrint, which was founded by Terry and Elizabeth Woodhouse, is one of Australia's most respected screen printers serving advertising and retail clients with posters, point-of-sale (POS), indoor and outdoor displays and more. It was their sons, Andrew and Michael that took the company into the digital era.

"Agfa's M-Press Tiger is the first true production digital machine that really bridges the gap between speed and quality. It is economical and the quality is unbeatable," said Michael Woodhouse. "it's been designed in a way that mimics screen systems, so it suits operations like ours precisely."

The Woodhouse's also appreciate the "Green" aspect of the :M-Press Tiger. "Digital does not require screens, films, chemistry and water, so it is easy for us to be more environmentally responsible," added Michael Woodhouse.

Durst demonstrates its special organic Sol-Gel UV Ink for glass decoration at FESPA

 

Durst Glass Printing

Durst exhibits its glass decoration system at FESPA in Munich as part of a demonstration of the wide range of applications available with its Rho inkjet printing systems.

Decoration of glass using digital technology and organic inks is currently of great interest to architects and interior designers for use in kitchens and bathrooms, amongst other applications. Durst has developed the glass decoration system for use with its Rho 700 and 800 flatbed printers featuring organic Sol-Gel ink chemistry.

Sol-Gel UV ink is an organically pigmented ink system with high ecological standards. It is 100% VOC free and capable of UV curing, giving the same printing properties such as speed, curing and resolution, for example, as our POP inks. Unlike standard inkjet UV inks, which, if exposed to moisture or chemicals, result in strongly or totally delaminating from glass unless time consuming primers are applied, Durst Sol-Gel ink actually forms a chemical bond with the glass to provide unique resistance characteristics.

Many tests on Durst’s Sol-gel ink have been conducted and have proven its excellent adhesion, durability and chemical resistance. These tests include the following Stability Properties:

Water resistance

  • Room temperature. After immersed for 72 hours – no loss in adhesion (Cross Hatch Test EN ISO 2409). PASSED
  • Hot water (in style of ASTM D870-02). After 30 minutes immersed at 65˚C - no loss in adhesion (Cross Hatch Test EN ISO 2409). PASSED

Steam resistance

  • (In style of ASTM D2247-02). After 30 minutes exposure to water vapour up to 45˚C/100% humidity - no loss in adhesion (Cross Hatch Test EN ISO 2409). PASSED

Solvent resistance

  • Tested with alcohols, glass cleaning agents (5%), commercial bath and shower cleaners, acids (hydrochloric 10%, acetic 5%), caustic soda (2.3%). No ink removal. PASSED

Lightfastness

  • According to DIN controlled Bluewool Test
  • Bluewool rating = 8
  • Lifetime for 25% colour loss > 2 years for outdoor applications and > 10 years for indoor applications

The system offers the user exceptional flexibility. It is capable of full scale production runs of interior fittings for large retail chains or glass furniture, for example, and is also able to produce one-offs and prototypes, such as boutique interiors or temporary outdoor signs. With a Durst Rho printer at the heart of the system, you are assured of the highest productivity and the finest quality print, included pin sharp text as small as 4pt. The Sol-Gel ink is available in CMYK with options of white and Satinato, for imitation of satin glass.

 

 

Fujifilm showcases Inca Onset S20 handling system at FESPA 2010

Onset S20 Automation Hr

Fujifilm today announces the launch of the latest material handling system for the Inca Onset family of flatbed inkjet printers. Designed for the Onset S20 device and with the ability to increase output to 275m2/hour, the handling system offers users even more flexibility for wide format UV flatbed printing.

One of the biggest factors in the success of UV flatbed technology has been its versatility; users enjoy the freedom to print onto a wide variety of media, thicknesses and sizes. Naturally, as the speed and quality for UV flatbed has improved so has the desire to add a material handling system, but often, once a handling system is attached to a printer there is a tendency to limit the flexibility the printer offers by impeding direct access to the print bed. Consequently, rather than increasing efficiency the performance productivity ratio declines.

Fujifilm and Inca, with their heritage in screen printing, know from experience that the vast majority of screen print machines are still manually loaded, and have invested in making sure that this Onset system is designed around the customer, and does not detract from the ability of the Onset to switch between jobs quickly. Printers can continue to use lots of different substrates individually for one off printing jobs, or enable the handling system to run a high volume job with minimal intervention.

“We have worked closely with Inca over the past year to ensure that the customer’s needs take priority,” comments Tudor Morgan, group marketing manager, wide format at Fujifilm. “The handling system is designed to optimise the timing of high volume print jobs, and will potentially increase material handling efficiency levels by another 36%, which is a huge benefit to the printer and his customer. The system is extremely simple to operate, with assisted loading and automated unloading, and we have had very positive feedback from our beta user, Imprint Creative Print Solutions.”

“The automation has given us increased productivity immediately and is very operator friendly,” says Dave Bullivant, Group Business Development Director at Imprint. “The multi-sheet feed aspect of the automation is a real benefit and allows a quick changeover between different size materials.”

The Onset S20, a UV curing inkjet flatbed printer, is the most recent high performance addition to the Onset family which has changed the face of the wide format industry. Developed to meet the demands of customers for rigid print between 1500 to 4000m2 per day, the six-colour device has enabled UV digital flatbed to become an economical method of producing high-impact visual images, and produces far more print than any other digital flatbed printer currently available. The Onset S20 has an ever growing customer base, using the device for its superb quality, flexibility and finish.

The device prints edge to edge onto substrates of 3.14m x 1.6m and up to 50mm thick. The vacuum table with accurate, 11 pin positioning allows users to print single and double-sided work on a variety of media sizes. The Onset S20 uses FUJIFILM’s own Uvijet inks, and at FESPA it will be printing Light Cyan and Light Magenta Uvijet Enhance ink alongside CMYK to produce high-quality results, expanding its capabilities still further. With this new ink set, Onset S20 can now produce prints to match the sheet fed offset colour standard ISO 12647-2, enabling the production of consistent results, regardless of the print process used. In addition, the Onset S20, in combination with Uvijet inks, also features gloss level control to produce finishes from matt, through satin to high gloss depending on application, bringing massive versatility in the range of products that can be printed, e.g. display POP, exhibition graphics, backlit/frontlit displays and outdoor signage printing.

With up to an amazing 758 million drops of ink jetting per second on the Onset S20 and two UV curing lamps providing for near-instantaneous curing, the printing quality and results are so impressive that it is hard to tell the difference between Onset, screen and offset print. The machine is armed with a full bed width printhead array that features built-in automatic head cleaning and fault tolerance software.

The handling system featured at FESPA has been developed to further exploit the productivity of the Onset S20, increasing effective volumes produced to 275m2/hour. The handling system can place sheets up to 10mm thick, weighing up to 2kg/m2 with precision, giving print registration within 0.5mm. The unit will be demonstrated throughout the show, switching to and from manual handling to demonstrate how quick and easy this is.

Fujifilm launches Acuity Advance HS X2 printer at FESPA 2010

Acuity Advance Hs X2 Front View Hr

Fujifilm is pleased to announce the introduction of the new Acuity Advance HS X2 wide format UV inkjet printer, the latest development in the highly successful Acuity HS series, at FESPA 2010 (Hall B1, Stand 220). Meeting the demands for a cost effective, high quality printer with great productivity, it is the ideal device for printers who produce POP and exhibition graphics.

The Acuity Advance HS X2 maintains many of the leading features of the other Acuity platforms, but offers double the printing area of the Advance HS, which was launched in March 2010.

It is capable of printing onto substrates up to 3.05m x 2.5m and up to 48mm thick with minimal heat output through its highly efficient UV curing system.

Proprietary greyscale inkjet printheads ensure that Acuity Advance HS X2 achieves near-photographic quality images at typical production speeds of 43m2/hr. In addition, its ‘express’ mode for images viewed from a greater distance operates at 66m2/hr.

An optional roll-to-roll module allows for greater flexibility, whilst achieving print speeds of 30m2/hr in production mode and 50m2/hr in express mode.

The print bed has a dual zoning system with independent vacuum control which holds all types of media, including irregularly shaped substrates with uneven surfaces, ensuring accurate registration on multiple passes. As the substrate can be prepared in one zone while an image is printed in the second, or while the roll media unit is printing, downtime is minimised, increasing throughput.

The Acuity Advance HS X2 also offers the possibility of an additional white ink option to complement the standard CMYK set. Using Fujifilm’s uniquely formulated Uvijet KI ink series, it offers fantastic post print finishing properties. Fujifilm’s proprietary Micro-V dispersion technology is incorporated in the ink providing strong vibrant colours, with wide adhesion range and print durability.

The Acuity Advance HS X2 will debut at FESPA 2010 in Munich, Germany, and commercial shipments will commence in July.

Durst launches the Rhotex 320 at FESPA the first inkjet printer for the industrial soft signage sector

 

Durst Rhotex 320

In recent years, there has been a great increase in the digital printing of textile promotional media. Whether it’s for flags, banners or wallcoverings, market research predicts that this is going to continue to increase over the next few years.

The Rhotex uses water-based dispersed dye inks which are entirely environmentally friendly, recyclable and disposable. The Rhotex dyes are harmless to the skin, completely odour-free and produce no VOCs. They are also flame-retardant and provide bright, vibrant and impactful images. In addition, they comply with the Blue Wool scale 7 and can therefore be used in an outdoor application for up to two years and printing does not affect the textile’s inherent feel.

Unlike other textile printers which either use harmful solvent based inks or small cartridges of water-based inks for short print runs, the Rhotex is a true industrial standard printer. Its robust design and reliability provides 24/7 operation and unattended printing.  It is equipped with the most professional software for maximising workflow in the digital printing sector. This enables quality printing in the POS/POP range using MEMS technology piezo inkjets with high longevity and the ability to print up to 70 m² per hour in 600 dpi resolution in 6 colours.

Other features of the Rhotex which are designed to ensure the most consistent results and maximum productivity include: automatic, self-cleaning jet system for continuous industrial printing and a controllable hot air drying system for consistent drying over the whole width of the printed material. Material-specific machine settings can be stored and recalled in the media channel and the dispensing system also includes a fold-compensation device and an antistatic system.

Productivity is further enhanced by the ability to print two 1.6 metre rolls with different print queues, simultaneously.

In addition to the environmental advantages, textile media offer many benefits and these include: lightness of weight, ability to be folded, which saves on storage space and transportation costs, modernity and reusability.

The Rhotex allows the user to profit from the new and profitable business opportunities created by large format printing on textile media for use in the home or business, as well as fashion applications.